Supporting our veterans

In light of the recent events in Afghanistan, we want to ensure that our veteran community and their families who work in the NHS are supported during what may be a very challenging time.

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact the Samaritans helpline on this dedicated number for NHS staff:  0800 069 6222.

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Veterans and their families in England can be referred to specialist NHS Op Courage services by their GP.

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed.

There are also a number of military charities which offer advice and support, all of which are members of The Contact Group, a collaboration of organisations working together to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community:

    1. COMBAT STRESS
    2. Walking with the wounded
    3. Help for Heroes – Hidden Wounds Service